City of Bradford, PA
Mckean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Bradford: Art. I, 3-22-1948 as Ord. No. 2424; Art. II, 5-9-1972 as Ord. No. 2892, amended in its entirety 12-22-1987 by Ord. No. 2892.1. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 3-22-1948 as Ord. No. 2424]
In all cases of persons desiring to make connections with the sewer known as the "Boardman Avenue sewer" from properties against which no sewer benefits before existed, the owner thereof, at the time of making application for a permit or at the time of making the connection, shall pay to the City Treasurer a tapping fee of one hundred sixty-seven dollars and fifty-two cents ($167.52).
The City Engineer shall certify the tapping charge under the provisions of this Article to the City Treasurer, who shall thereupon receive the amount so certified, or the property owner may pay the City Treasurer ten percent (10%) thereof and a like amount every six (6) months thereafter, together with interest from the date of assessment of the same by the City Engineer and notice given to the owner by the City Treasurer.
All assessments herein, at the expiration of thirty (30) days after the due date of the first installment, shall be at once certified to the City Solicitor by the City Treasurer for entry of liens as provided by law.
[Amended 7-15-1957 by Ord. No. 2577]
In all cases of persons desiring to make connection with the sewer known as the "Linwood Avenue Sewer" from properties against which no sewer benefits before existed, the owner thereof, at the time of making application for a permit or at the time of making the connection, shall pay to the City Treasurer a tapping fee of three dollars ($3.) per foot frontage.
The City Engineer shall certify the tapping charge under the provisions of this Article to the City Treasurer, who shall thereupon receive the amount so certified, or the property owner may pay the City Treasurer ten percent (10%) thereof and a like amount every six (6) months thereafter, together with interest from the date of assessment of the same by the City Engineer and notice given to the owner by the City Treasurer.
All assessments herein provided which are not paid in full at the expiration of thirty (30) days after the due date of the first installment shall be at once certified to the City Solicitor by the City Treasurer for entry of liens as provided by law.
[Adopted 5-9-1972 as Ord. No. 2892; amended in its entirety 12-22-1987 by Ord. No. 2892.1]
A. 
There is hereby established and imposed a sewer rental or charge for the use of the sanitary sewers, sewer system and sewage treatment works owned or operated by the City of Bradford Sanitary Authority, to be payable by the owners of all properties served thereby. In order to apportion the cost of such sanitary sewer service equitably among the properties served by said sanitary sewers, sewer system and sewage treatment works, the rental or charges for such services, for every property served by said sanitary sewers, sewer system and sewage treatment works, shall be twelve dollars ($12.) per month per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU).
B. 
"Equivalent dwelling unit" (EDU) is defined as follows:
(1) 
For unmetered domestic water users, an "equivalent dwelling unit" is a single-family dwelling unit.
(2) 
For metered water users, an "equivalent dwelling unit" is six thousand (6,000) gallons of water used per month.
(3) 
For any other user, the city shall determine a fair rate to be charged subject to a right of appeal to the Municipal Board of Appeal within twenty (20) days of receipt of notice thereof in the form of an invoice or otherwise.
(4) 
In any event, the minimum charge to any property served shall be twelve dollars ($12.) per month or thirty-six dollars ($36.) per quarter.
C. 
For metered customers supplied with water by the City Water Department, the sewer rental or charge shall be computed monthly for industrial customers and quarterly for residential and commercial customers according to the water meter readings of said Department for water furnished to said properties during the previous monthly/quarterly period. Such bill may be estimated monthly.
D. 
All users having a source of water supply other than the water supply of the City Water Department shall make application to the City Council for sanitary sewerage service and therein agree to install a water meter at their own expense on their source of water, which meter shall be subject to approval by the city, and shall pay a sewer rental charge on the basis of the meter readings at the same rate as provided in Subsection B. However, the city, at its option, may elect to bill a residential or commercial user at a minimum charge in lieu of meter installation.
E. 
The foregoing rates and conditions shall apply also to said industrial and commercial users of sanitary sewers, sewer system and sewage treatment works who have a source of water supply other than the water supply of the Bradford City Water Authority.
F. 
The domestic users having a source of water supply other than the water supply of the Bradford City Water Authority shall make application of the Council for approval to pay a sewer rental or charge by one (1) of the following methods:
(1) 
The user shall install a water meter at his own expense on his source of water, which meter shall be subject to approval by the city, and shall pay a sewer rental charge on the basis of the meter readings at the same rate as provided in Subsection A; or
(2) 
The user shall pay a quarterly sewer rental or charge of fifteen dollars ($15.).
G. 
A user charge of three thousand six hundred dollars ($3,600.) is imposed for each industry that is required to be monitored under the Bradford Industrial Pretreatment Program.
A. 
All sewer rentals or charges shall be paid within thirty (30) days or no later than the due date set forth on the bill for the period for which the rental or charge was assessed. If not so paid, the rental or charge shall become delinquent.
B. 
All delinquent charges shall be certified quarterly to the City Solicitor, who shall charge on each monthly bill certified a penalty of five dollars ($5.) plus interest at one and one-fourth percent (1 1/4%) per month. If suit is necessary to collect the delinquent charges, all costs of collection, including the City Solicitor's fees, will be charged to the persons responsible for payment.
C. 
The city is hereby authorized to shut off city-supplied water service to premises for which sewer rentals or charges are delinquent, after giving such notice as may be required by law.
D. 
The owner or owners of the premises are responsible for the payment of all sewer rentals or charges assessed against the premises. The sewer rental or charge, together with penalties and interest as permitted by law, shall be a lien on the properties served.
A. 
The city is hereby authorized and empowered to establish rules and regulations governing the use of the sanitary and storm sewers, sewer system and sewage treatment facilities. The rules and regulations shall provide for a nondomestic waste permit procedure; shall consider the regulation, limitation or prohibition of the discharge into the sewage system of certain types, concentrations or volumes of waste which cannot be properly treated or which would be detrimental to the system; and may treat any other matters affecting the sewage system.
B. 
The rules and regulations shall take effect upon being approved by resolution of the City Council and shall be filed in the office of the City Clerk.
C. 
Every building and/or property in the City of Bradford is required to have an authorized sewage disposal system and to be legally discharging sewage into the system. If the charges for sewage service are not paid within thirty (30) days of the date they are due, the building and/or property for which the charges are owed will no longer have authority to discharge sewage into the system. Failure to have a legally authorized system in which to discharge sewage or the authority to discharge sewage will cause the City Clerk to order the water service shut off to the premises for which sewer rental or charges are delinquent, after giving one (1) week's notice. Water service to said premises will not be permitted until the past-due sewage balance is paid in full or a payment plan agreeable to the City Clerk is entered into, in writing, by the person(s) responsible for the past-due payment.
Any person, firm or corporation that violates any rule or regulation which has become effective pursuant to the provisions of this Article, upon conviction thereof before a District Magistrate, shall be subject to a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.) and not exceeding three hundred dollars ($300.) or to imprisonment not exceeding ninety (90) days, or both.